“Despite some of Birmingham’s schools being amongst the best in the country, too many pupils are leaving education way below expected levels in key subjects like English, maths and the sciences. We must do more to ensure every child has the best possible opportunity to succeed. I have been very impressed by how City Year recruits idealistic young people to act like big brothers and sisters to support the children most at risk of underachieving. I think City Year can have a really big impact in Birmingham.”

Shabana Mahmood MP, Birmingham Ladywood